Testing Center

The testing centers administer academic exams and assessments for current students and students within the VCCS (Virginia Community College System), VPT Placement and ESL Placement testing, CLEP exams, proctoring for colleges and universities outside the VCCS, various technical and career certifications, and state agency testing.

All tests require a current photo ID.

Exam Appointments and Fees

Most exams, aside from course testing, require appointments. To schedule a testing appointment, please contact your preferred campus location.

VPT Placement Tests and Accuplacer ESL Placement Tests do not require appointments. These are self-paced, untimed exams. The average test time is 2.5 hours. Students should plan their arrival to allow enough time for testing and bring a valid photo ID and student ID number.  There are no proctor fees for these exams.

Since the Virginia Community College System has waived the requirement for the Virginia Placement Test (VPT), most students do not need to take the placement tests and will be placed by other measures. Please see the details under Testing and Assessment Services for more information regarding the VPT and Accuplacer ESL Placement Test.

College Course Exams

College course exams are proctored at the Middletown or Fauquier campus and do not require appointments. Students should plan their arrival to allow enough time for testing and bring a valid photo ID, student ID number, instructor’s name, course name/number, and exam name. There are no proctor fees for these exams.

Students who wish to complete their course exams at another proctored location must contact their campus testing center to arrange for alternate proctoring. The alternate location must be approved by the course instructor.  Students should complete this Alternate Proctor Location Student Request Form and email it to the testing center.  Please allow 5 business days for processing.  Students are expected to adhere to the alternate testing location’s policies and procedures.  Proctor fees may apply at any alternate location outside the Virginia Community College System.

VCCS Course Exams

VCCS course exams do not require appointments, however students are encouraged to contact the testing center location where they plan to be proctored to ensure that the test information is available. Students may be required to complete the appropriate forms with their “home” college in order to have the test information delivered to a testing center. There are no proctor fees for these exams.

Non-VCCS students

Students (from colleges and universities outside the Virginia Community College System) must complete the necessary paperwork with their “home” college or university to have an exam proctored at our location.  Appointments are required and a $30 per hour proctoring fee will be charged.

ASE, CLEP, and Workkeys (Career Readiness Certificate)

These tests require appointments. Proctor fees may apply. Please see the “Testing Services” tab for more detailed information about taking these exams at our college.

If you require a proctor, but do not see your type of exam listed here, please contact the Testing Center directly to inquire about testing.

Locations and Hours

Middletown Campus

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PLEASE NOTE: Testing ends each day exactly 15 minutes before closing. Testing Center staff are not permitted to extend testing beyond the Testing Center’s scheduled hours.

Fauquier Campus

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** Placement Testing- please arrive at least 2.5 hours before closing on any business day.

Luray-Page County Center

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By appointment only.

Testing and Assessment Services

Please click on the name of the testing service below for more information:

Placement Testing

The Virginia Community College System has waived the requirement for the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) and is using the Direct Enrollment process for students who have received either a high-school diploma or GED. In Direct Enrollment, a student completes a survey, which will recommend math and English courses for the student to take. The student will then review this placement with an academic advisor or coach. Please see https://laurelridge.edu/new-student-next-steps/ for the survey link and more information regarding your next steps as a new student. High school graduates from within the past six years will be asked about their high school GPA and courses taken.

The Virginia Placement Test (VPT) is offered per academic advisor or coach recommendation for certain student populations. Your academic advisor will let you know whether you will need to take the VPT. If you are a dual-enrolled student, please speak with your high school career coach or the dual-enrollment office.

Time

The Virginia Placement Test is not timed. Students should plan to spend about 2.5 hours for the English or math test.

Fee

None

Retake Policy

Laurel Ridge policy allows for one retake within a twelve month period for each placement exam.  Retakes may be completed one week after the initial testing date. Students who take the placement test and do not enroll in developmental course are allowed one (1) retest within twelve (12) months. Students who attempt a developmental course will be ineligible for a retest.  Placement test results are valid for five (5) years.

Calculator Rules

Students are only permitted to use the calculator provided within the placement test. Hand-held calculators, phones, or other devices are not permitted

ESL Placement Testing

The Accuplacer ESL is an untimed, computerized test that helps your college evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses. The Accuplacer includes four tests:  Reading, Sentence Meaning, Language Use, and Listening. Following the computer portion, you will have 45 minutes to write an essay on paper from an essay prompt provided by the testing center. Your overall placement will be determined from the Accuplacer test results and the written essay.

Students whose first language is not English & any student requesting ESL coursework should take the Accuplacer English test.

The Accuplacer test is designed for the following students:

  • Students who speak their native language most often at home
  • Those who have lived in the US less than 6 years
  • Those that did not attend high school in the US

Contact the Advising Office at (540) 868-7110 on the Middletown campus, or (540) 351-1507 on the Fauquier campus with questions about which English placement test is recommended for you.

Foundations of Life Science (NAS2) Assessment – Prerequisite for BIO 141

Anyone wishing to register in BIO141 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I – must first meet ONE of the following prerequisites:

  1. Complete BIO101 – General Biology I (or equivalent),

OR

  1. Earn a minimum score of 70 percent on the Foundations of Life Science (NAS 2) assessment

Quick Facts about the Foundations of Life Science (NAS 2) assessment

  • The assessment must be proctored.
  • The assessment is made up of 50 questions with a time limit of 90 minutes.
  • Students have unlimited attempts at earning the required 70 percent (answering 35 of the 50 questions correctly).
  • The gradebook will automatically save the highest score achieved.
  • The required wait time between attempts is 24 hours.

Where do I complete the Foundations of Life Science (NAS 2) assessment?

Because of the additional proctoring software required for completing the NAS2 assessment remotely, students are strongly encouraged to take the assessment at one of our Testing Center locations.

Requests for remote proctoring will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should be directed to [email protected].

Unless ADA accommodations are required, appointments are not needed to test at Middletown or Fauquier campuses, but you must make an appointment in advance if testing at Luray-Page County Center.

To access the Canvas modules and prepare for the assessment, please Self-Enroll Here.

The assessment will not be visible within the course until it is “unlocked” by one of our staff members upon your arrival to the Testing Center.

When can I complete the Foundations of Life Science (NAS 2) assessment?

Please check the hours of the location you plan to visit and be sure to arrive in plenty of time to complete the exam (90 minutes maximum) before the center closes.

Unless ADA accommodations are required, appointments are not needed to test at Middletown or Fauquier campuses, but you must make an appointment in advance if testing at Luray-Page County Center.

Most students will benefit from reviewing the self-paced course modules prior to attempting the assessment. To access the Canvas modules and prepare for the assessment, please Self-Enroll Here.

The assessment will not be visible within the course until it is “unlocked” by one of our staff members upon your arrival to the Testing Center.

How do I know I’ve passed the Foundations of Life Science (NAS 2) assessment?

Testers will see their score in the Canvas course gradebook immediately. Within 24-48 hours of earning a 70 percent or better, clearance for BIO141 registration is granted.

Accommodations

Testing accommodations are available for the assessment. Students are required to have a letter of accommodation to receive alternate testing conditions.

To best facilitate testing accommodations, please follow these instructions:

  1. Students who require testing accommodations will need to first contact the Office of Accommodations and Disability Services to obtain a letter for any necessary accommodations.
  2. Once a letter of accommodation is acquired, the student must then forward the letter to the Testing Center via email to the location where testing will take place with an appointment request. Middletown Campus – [email protected], Fauquier Campus – [email protected]. The testing center will contact the student to schedule at the earliest opportunity, depending on the accommodation.

HESI / ATI TEAS Testing

The Health Education Systems Inc. Admissions Assessment (HESI® A2) test is an online exam given to students interested in applying to Laurel Ridge’s Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing and Certificate in Practical Nursing programs. This five-option multiple-choice test includes questions on reading comprehension, mathematics, anatomy and physiology, critical thinking, and learning styles with a 4-hour maximum time limit.

Middletown Campus

Fauquier Campus

The ATI TEAS, or Test of Essential Academic Skills, is designed specifically to assess a student’s preparedness for entering the health science fields. Those applying to Laurel Ridge’s Dental Hygiene, Surgical Technology, or Physical Therapist Assistant programs must complete this assessment. The ATI TEAS test comprises 170 questions set up in a multiple-choice format with four-option answers.

(ASE) Automotive Service Excellence Exam

Auto technicians and other professionals who want to become ASE certified can take one or more of the ASE’s 40 plus exams at our Middletown or Fauquier Campus.  ASE exams can be proctored Monday through Friday. Please contact the campus for more details and to schedule.

The Eligibility Number assigned by ASE upon registering for the exam(s) will be needed to schedule your appointment.  Please provide this number when contacting the testing center.

REGISTER with ASE

CLEP Exam

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 33 examinations.

Test takers must first REGISTER with CLEP prior to contacting the Testing Center: https://clep.collegeboard.org/register

CLEP exams can be proctored at the Middletown or Fauquier Campus Monday through Friday. A $30 proctor fee per exam will be charged, payable by cash, check, or credit card. Please contact the campus for more details and to schedule.

Pearson VUE

There are hundreds of certification exams offered through Pearson VUE in a variety of business sectors and industries, including CompTIA, Cisco Systems, VMware, Brocade and many more.

Test takers contact Pearson VUE directly at https://home.pearsonvue.com/ for registration, payment and scheduling. There is no need to contact the Testing Center to schedule, we will be notified about your testing plans.

On the day of your exam, please arrive promptly to check in at the Testing Center. Testing takes place in Room 707, in the rear of the Paul Wolk Library. When you arrive please enter the main doors and follow the signs to Testing. Parking is available beside the Library.

Questions about testing location or parking may be directed to the Testing Center at [email protected] or 540-868-7140.  All other questions should be directed to Pearson VUE .

If the college is closed due to inclement weather, please contact Pearson VUE to reschedule your exam.

Certiport

Exams offered through Certiport include Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2020 exams, Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and the Internet & Computing Core Certification (IC3®).

Certiport exams can be proctored at the Middletown or Fauquier Campus Monday through Friday. Please contact the campus for more details and to schedule.

ACT WorkKeys – Virginia’s Career Readiness Certificate

The Career Readiness Certificate, or CRC , is based on WorkKeys® Assessments, part of ACT’s Work Readiness System.  WorkKeys® is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys® assessments in Applied Math,  Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents may lead to earning the Virginia Career Readiness Certificate or ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate, both portable, standardized credentials.

WorkKeys exams can be proctored at the Middletown or Fauquier Campus Monday through Friday.  Please contact the campus for more details and to schedule.

Testing Center Procedures and Restrictions

Students must view and agree to the VCCS student-patron acceptable use agreement.

Students must have completed a college application prior to taking placement tests.

Current photo identification requirements: (Only current documents are accepted. We do not accept expired documentation.)

Acceptable documents include:

  • U.S. DMV issued photo IDs;
  • U.S. Passports with photo and valid date;
  • Non-US students with a foreign passport must have documentation in English
  • Military ID with photo;
  • Laurel Ridge Community College ID
  • High School ID

Testing Center Restrictions

  • Only testers are allowed in the testing room.
  • Children are not permitted in the testing area; please make other arrangements before coming to test.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the testing center.
  • All belongings must be placed in the area designated by the proctor. It is strongly recommended that you lock all of your belongings in your vehicle prior to testing.
  • All outside garments (i.e. coats/jackets, hats, scarves) and weather apparel (sunglasses, gloves) must be removed and placed in the area designated by the proctor, however, provisions can be made for specific religious/cultural apparel.
  • You may not have any electronic or recording devices at your desk, in your pockets, or within reach during testing, even if they are turned off or you do not use them.
  • You may not leave the room without permission during your test session. [Proctor must be notified, or test will be closed.]
  • Monitoring software will be used to view your desktop while you are taking a test; a snapshot can be taken of your monitor screen for incident reporting.
  • On rare occasions, power outages, server outages, or weather problems can and do close us without warning when we least expect it. We recommend that you plan to take your tests well in advance of the deadline or test closing date.